This bird’s-eye view print of Wilmington, Delaware was drawn by H. H. Bailey & Co. and published by G. W. Lewis, Lith. in 1874. Wilmington was established in the 1600's at the confluence of the Christina and Delaware Rivers.
Wilmington was a manufacturing giant during and after the American Civil War. The war effort brought many new manufacturers to the region and with the transportation of the two rivers they were able to ship goods easily. Gunpowder was manufactured aggressively at a facility started by E. I. du Pont on the banks of nearby Brandywine River. Iron ships were produced in the port shipyards, and soldiers’ boots and leather goods of all sorts were made in the town’s war effort. Railroad cars were also built and outfitted in Wilmington on a large scale during this period.
The map includes labeled streets, waterways, bridges, buildings and railroad routes. The featured inset illustration is of Wilmington in 1770.
Features references to the following locations:
The Harlan & Hollingsworth Company.
Jackson & Sharp Company, Delaware Car Works.
Pusey, Jones & Co., Builders of Iron Steam Ships.
Lobdell Car Wheel Company.
Diamond State Iron Company.
Enoch Moore, Jr., Ship Builder.
J. Morton, Poole, Engineers and Machinists.
E. C. Stotensburgh, Delaware Foundry.
Pratt & Stock, Malleable Iron Works.
Wm. H. Schoen, Manufacturer of Car Springs.
Carswell & Vanderbraak, Manufacturers of Carriage Axles.
B. R. Heisler, Manufacturer of The Diamond Enamel Oil Finish & Polish.
Charles Stewart, Foundry.
J. H. Beggs, Brick Manufactory.
Wilmington Mills Mfg. Co., Jute Yarns and Twines.
W. Jones & Co., Morocco Manufacturers.
Wm. Bush Co., Morocco Manufacturers.
Maltritz & Richardson, Morocco Manufacturers.
Jacob Richardson, Morocco Manufacturer.
Wm. Richman, Jr., Morocco Manufacturer.
Taylor & Beadenkopf, Morocco Manufacturers.
S. Postles & Son, Morocco Manufacturers.
Pusey, Scott & Co., Morocco Manufacturers.
Col. H. S. McComb, Hide and Leather Manufacturer.
Lindley C. Kent, Wholesale and Retail Lumber.
Gilmore & Hewes, Wholesale and Retail Lumber.
A. M. Quinbey & Co., Wholesale and Retail Lumber.
File & Murphy, Brandywine Coal Depot.
Mills & Combs, Dealers in Coal, Wood, Lime and Sand.
McLear & Kendall, Carriage Manufacturers.
J. Guthrie, Southside, Carriage Manufacturers.
Howard Pusey, South Side, Carriage Manufacturers.
Thompson & Paschall, South Side, Carriage Manufacturers.
Wm. H. Wright, Carriage Manufacturer.
John Green, Carriage Manufacturer.
Cooling Brothers & Co., Carriage Manufacturers.
C. W. Horn, Carriage Manufacturer.
Burton & Kerbaugh, Carriage Manufacturers.
Marshall & Clymer, Carriage Body Manufacturers.
Ford & Magee, Carriage and Wagon Manufacturers.
Gatta & Kaiser, Express and Wagon Manufacturers.
The Greeg & Bowe Coach Works.
Clayton House, H. W. Sawyer, Proprietor.
United States Hotel, F. B. Merrett, Proprietor.
A. Bickta & Co., Diamond State Brewery.
H. N. Gambrill & Co., Arlington Cotton Mills.
J. Jeffries & Son, Carpenters and Builders.
Henry Lape, Carpenter and Builder.
Wooley & Conner, Carpenters and Builders.
Henry Evans, Stair Builder.
Thos. Mitchell, Furnishing Undertaker.
Thos. J. Giles, The Undertaker.
Hart & Brother, Pork Packers.
H. Ahrens, Pork Packer and Provision Dealer.
John Aspin, Coffee Roasting Establishment.
The Vulcanized Fibre Company.
Heisler, McBride & Co., Copper Smithing.
W. & J. Lang, Steam Cake and Cracker Bakers.
D. Lemon & Co., Steam Cracker Bakers, Candy Mfrs. And Dealers in Fine Groceries.
P. McCullough & Co., Shoe Manufacturers.
W. A. Turner & Co., Boot & Shoe Manufacturers.
Enterprise Manufacturing Co., Manufacturers and Dealers in Fine Furniture.
Firm & Jackson, Vessel and House Furnishing Goods.
J. & N. Harnman, Manufacturers of Fine Furniture and Mattresses.
Ackmerman & Malmsten, Upholstery and Dealers in Furniture.
G. Worrell, Carpets, Dry Goods and Upholstery.
J. Q. Bryer, Felloe Manufacturing and Planing Mill.
Wm. H. Pierson, Agt., Manufacturer of Sash, Blinds and Doors.
Z. Cobb & Sons, Car Seat, Spring Bed and Door Spring Manufactory.
Springler, Morley & Gauze, Manufacturers of Sash, Doors, Wheel and Wheel Stock.
Capelle & Brother, Hardware and Cutlery Dealers.
Gawthrop & Bros., Plumbers, Gas and Steam Fitters.
D. H. Kent & Co., Manufacturers Agents and Importers of Iron and Coach Materials.
Wm. Green & Co., Mfrs., Agents and Importers of Iron, Steel, Tin Plates, Hardware and Carriage Goods.
E. Doane, Manufacturer of Frames, and Dealer in Chromos and Engravings.
Thos. Y. DeNormandie, China, Glass, and Silver Plated Ware.
Rumford, “The Hatter”.
James Morrow & Son, Wholesale and Retail Groceries and Confectionery.
W. R. Bowman, Wholesale and Retail Groceries.
C. I. Bush, Watches and Jewelry.
M. L. Lichtenstein, Manufacturer of Ladies’ Cloaks.
Henry Buxbaum, Manufacturer and Dealer in Clothing.
S. R. Ball & Co., Paper Hanging, and Window Shades.
Thos. F. Plummers, General Insurance Agency.
Donahoe & Robinson, Bottlers of Ale, Porter and Mineral Waters.
Wilmington Rolling Mill Company.
State Normal University, and Harkness Magazine.
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